National Genealogical Society

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Individual Membership

Join the National Genealogical Society and open up to a world of history, culture, and ancestry. Read on and find out what a $65 annual membership at the National Genealogical Society can do for you! Join today.

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Family History Skills

Start your family history quest or brush up on genealogy basics by reviewing our free online course for members of the National Genealogical Society. Read more.

Member Periodicals

Stay up to date with genealogical developments and the community at large with

NGS Members Only Section

The Members Only section of the NGS website will give you access to the following resources.

Publication Archives


  • Browse the National Genealogical Society Quarterly Online
    Recent issues Recent issues (1962, 1965–66, 1968–74, 1976–current) of all National Genealogical Society Quarterly issues are currently available, and limited back issues will be coming online periodically.
  • Search the National Genealogical Society Quarterly Index
    Search index by author or title, or browse by year.
  • Browse the NGS Magazine Online
    Recent issues (2005–current) of the National Genealogical Society Magazine are currently available.

Video Features and Interviews

Member exclusive videos of interviews with leading genealogists.

Database Resources


  • The National Intelligencer, 1800–1850
    Abstracts from The National Intelligencer (Washington, DC), 1800–1850. This database is a fully indexed abstracted database of marriage and death notices from this early newspaper. The name index to the database is fully searchable including assistance with name variations and misspelled names.
  • NGS Bible Records
    The NGS Bible Records collection is currently being indexed and digitized. A large percentage of the Bibles, but not all, have an every-name index. The index to the database is fully searchable. Images of most of the Bible pages have been scanned and are available for download in PDF format.
  • NGS Member Ancestry Charts (MACs)
    The massive collection of family group sheets sent in by NGS members since the 1960s is being indexed and digitized. A full abstract of all (1,000,000+) names on every MAC, along with dates and places, has been completed for more than 66,000 MACs sent in before 1995. Work continues on MACs received since then.

Research Resources


  • Research Aids and Forms
    Download free research forms as published in The Organized Family Historian: How to File, Manage, and Protect Your Genealogical Research and Heirlooms, by Ann Carter Fleming, cg*, cgl, fngs. From census to will abstract worksheets, these PDF files are very handy.

Partnership Discounts

10% tuition discount for NGS members who enroll in the Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research Program

For information about the new online program, click here.

NGS members can purchase a Fold3 Annual Membership at a discounted rate. Click here to read complete details and subscribe to Fold3 today!

Current Fold3 members can renew at the discounted rate and their current subscription will be extended by a year. Read more.

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NGS Members also receive discounted pricing for

Conferences and Events

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Questions? Contact NGS Member Services at membership@ngsgenealogy.org.

*Certified Genealogist, cg, Certified Genealogical Lecturer and cgl are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® used by the Board to identify its program of genealogical competency evaluation and used under license by the Board’s associates.

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